Face Reading Techniques: Your Face is an Open Book

face reading techniquesMost people think they can control how they present themselves to the world, and for the most part, that’s true. We can dress a certain way to look professional or casual, and we can style our hair in such a way that will impress our boss, or our date, but there’s one thing we can never change (at least not without some plastic surgery), and that’s our face. Love it or hate it, we’re stuck with these eyes, cheeks, chin, and nose, and not only is your face the first thing that the world will see, some people will even be able to tell all about your personality just by your facial features. Try as you might, anything short of a surgeon’s scalpel can’t change these tell-tale signs of the inner you.

Today, we are discussing these face reading techniques, also known as physiognomy and personology. These techniques have been around for quite some time, and have had different applications as time went on. Aristotle was the first person to extensively study and record his findings, then the practice became tied to astrology in the medieval era. In the 18th and 19th centuries, physiognomy was used to detect certain criminal tendencies, and most recently, it’s been used to interpret mental faculties and character traits. If you’re curious to learn more about the messages we send unconsciously, this course on the secrets of body language, and this article on facts about body language will give you a better idea of what you may not know you’re telling the outside world.

How to Read Faces

Each and every aspect of your face tells a different story about your personality, such as impulsiveness and how you are in a relationship, but in order to learn how to read someone’s face, you must first learn to really recognize facial features. Starting with your own face, or the face of a friend, look at how each of the facial features are set. And don’t just look at your facial features, but notice their size (thin eyebrows, small eyes), and type (sloped forehead, square face), as well as any lines or wrinkles that are present. All of these features tell a story, and this course on face reading will take you deeper into the science of physiognomy.

Facial Shape

  • Those with fleshy, round faces, or water-shape faces, tend to be emotional, and can be more sensitive and caring than most. They’re good choices for a long-term romantic relationship, and have strong sexual fantasies.
  • The wood-shape, or oblong face, person tends to have an athletic physique, and are sometimes a bit overworked. These people have a practical, and methodical nature, but may also be a bit narcissistic, leading to problems in their relationships.
  • People with a triangular face are usually thin, and their personalities are associated with intelligence, creativity, and a fiery disposition.
  • The metal-shape, or square face, person can be aggressive and tend to dominate situations, yet they are intelligent, analytical, and decisive.


  • People with a straight forehead have a progressive way of thinking, in that they need to grasp the first concept before heading on to any subsequent ones. As a result, they may have been misidentified as slow when they were children, but turned out to be intelligent adults, albeit with slower reflexes. They don’t work well under pressure, such as with deadlines or tests, because they don’t like being rushed and must process information fully. If you have a straight forehead, and aren’t a good test taker, this course on test taking skills just might help you overcome your academic weakness.
  • sloped forehead indicates that a person is a fast thinker who might be impulsive in decision making, and who also has impatience with the straight forehead folks who tend to be a bit more thoughtful, and as a result, slower moving.
  • Curved forehead people hate to be hemmed in with restrictions. They are an artistic and creative bunch, and as a result, try to stay away from subjects that are math-oriented, such as accounting. This is an intelligent group of people, and geniuses tend to have curved foreheads.


  • A person with weak/thin eyebrows may have trouble making decisions, and can lack self confidence.
  • Those with bushy eyebrows tend to have an assertive and strong personality.
  • Unibrows indicate a person that’s jealous and possessive, but also very persistent.


  • People with prominent eyes are usually happy, kind, friendly, and are very easy to approach.
  • Small, shifty eyes indicates a bit of nervousness in a person, but that they are also attentive and strive for perfection.
  • Those with close-set eyes have good concentration, while those with uneven-set eyes tend to think about things from a different point-of-view.
  • Having wide-set eyes is an indication of tolerance and open-mindedness, while having more narrow eyes means you might be a bit close-minded.
  • Those with upward-slanted eyes are determined and opportunistic.
  • Deep-set eyes are associated with intensity, progressiveness, and observance, and they will most likely have a creative job, like writing.


  • A full aquiline nose, or Roman nose, indicates power, independence, determination, and pride, but if the nose is on the thin side, the person may be a bit of a tyrant. If this type of nose is bent down, the person might be sarcastic, yet not funny, and proud, but melancholy.
  • A person with a big, oversize nose can be prone to violent streaks.
  • An upturned nose might mean that the person is gregarious, and likes to intermingle with those around him.
  • snub nose means the person is dominant, and lacks elegance and proper behavior, but at the same time, has literary and poetic tendencies.
  • A slightly curved, upward-pointing nose indicates enthusiasm and skill, and their determination, as well as their happy attitude and stylishness, help them to achieve their goals.
  • Straight, well-formed noses could mean that the owner is patient, kind, elegant, and resourceful, but also a bit indifferent, as well as socially and morally lax.


  • strong jawline shows that the person has very strong values, as well as high stamina and endurance, but may also be a bit stubborn and hard-headed.
  • Those with a weak jawline might be easily influenced, and have a weaker personality, which results in them living by terms set down by other people. If this describes you, and you wish you were a bit more self-assured, this course on boosting your confidence should help out.
  •  A wide jawline is the hallmark of a person that’s very competitive, who hates losing anything to anyone else.


  • Small mouths are associated with femininity, and men with smaller mouths are usually shy, and sometimes act a bit feminine.
  • Large mouths mean that a person is talkative, but also very generous.
  • People with a thin top lip but full bottom lip might have trouble reciprocating in a relationship, while those with a full top lip and thin bottom lip are givers.
  • People with full round lips are caring and sensitive.

These facial features only scratch the surface of what can possibly be read to show a person’s personality. Besides the ones just mentioned, you can get information from their chin, cheeks, the color of their eyes and hair, and even the wrinkles on their face. The claims of the accuracy of these techniques range from anywhere between 90% to 98%, so use them confidently, but discreetly, as not everyone wants to be judged by the shape of their head, and when in doubt, actually talk to the person – you might make a new friend. This course on socializing for men will help you talk to women without having to read their facial features.